2012 Ridge, Geyserville, Proprietary Red, Sonoma County.
An American classic, no question and one of the better vintages for Geyserville in the last decade, do not miss this Ridge beauty. Geyersville is a Zinfandel cuvee featuring 71% Zin, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 2% Mataro (an old timers name for Mourvedre) and 1% Alicante Bouschet aged in American air dried white oak barrels and with 14.4% alcohol. This year’s Geyserville is a big wine, it is dense, deep with an explosion of flavors with a hedonistic mouth feel, very lavish and yet still well balanced with good focus and vigor, very unlike the last three or so vintages which had weather issues that were tough on Zinfandel with uneven ripeness making for some ups and downs, while this 2012 is a reflection of the near perfect growing conditions for the grapes. This wine is sweet and savory, structured, gorgeous and pleasing from start to finish with refined tannins, good soft acidity and deep fruit layers really show here with full bodied density and a long finish making this Ridge Geyserville a huge success. Starting with subtle floral element, cassis and cedar notes this red opens to raspberry, cherry, plum and loganberry fruits with a light char, fig paste, briar, vanilla, licorice and peppery spice. Ridge is a fantastic winery and this new Geyserville is amazing stuff, drink over the next decade, though I can imagine it holding up for 15 to 20 years no problem.
($40 Est.) 94+ Points, grapelive
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